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Today's Opinions

  • Galax thrift shop has improved

    This is in response to the letter written about Willing Partners.
    I had shopped there in the past and in the present. It has been freshly painted, clean and well organized.
    Willing Partners still has lamps, pictures, DVDs, CDs, records, clothes and furniture.
    The employees are friendly, cheerful, polite and always willing to assist you.
    It is easier to walk around there and look for various items.
    Willing Partners depends on donations.
    B.J. Powell
    Galax

  • Volunteers rose to challenge in I-77 crisis

    It was a somber Easter weekend this year due to the series of crashes on Interstate 77 on March 31.
    Due to a combination of foggy conditions and precautions that were sadly not taken by drivers, dozens were injured and three are dead as a result of the massive pileup.
    When word of this crisis spread, our local police officers, EMTs, firefighters and ordinary citizens reported to the scene or gathered where they could to provide help the injured and the stranded. On The Gazette's Facebook page, readers time and again sought information on ways they could help.

  • Case against chief should be dismissed

    Regarding “Chief headed to court for threat charge,” published April 3 by The Gazette, the real loser in any court case will be public confidence in our law enforcement officials.
    Absent a good reason, it is standard police practice to notify local law enforcement when making an arrest in their jurisdiction.
    This is common courtesy, and it avoids cases of mistaken identity, particularly where cops are out of uniform.

  • Thrift shop changes unwelcome

    I went to Willing Partners in Galax and was appalled at the so-called improvements.
    Gone was the wall of pictures, gone were all the wooden shelves, lamps and other home decor. Gone are all the craft items, pillows, blankets and sheets.
    One of the most enjoyable aspects of going to a thrift store is hunting through tons of stuff to find that one little hidden gem.
    Just because it’s someone else’s unwanted item doesn’t mean it belongs in the trash. There’s nothing much left at all.

  • Strength in numbers

    They say that it takes a village to raise a child, so perhaps it takes an entire region to care for the smaller communities within it.
    The announcement last week of Twin County United Way’s merger with United Way Virginia Highlands came with a lot of positivity — along with many questions about what happens next.
    What changes are going to be made?
    Where will the funding go?

  • NRA needs to search its soul

    America leads the world in mass murders and prolific gun violence.
    This is a national nightmare and an international disgrace. How did this happen?
    Let us follow the money. Our gun manufacturers and retailers were interested in the volume of sales.
    They “hired” Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association as a shield to deflect criticism of their irresponsibility in producing a deadly product without proper regulation.

  • Class taught understanding of faiths

    I wish to address a recent Readers’ Hotline comment regarding The Oracle Institute’s last class: “Introduction to Islam.”
    The caller was concerned that a class on history of the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad might in some way “mix the minds of our young people or anybody else.” Sadly, this is not the first time Oracle has encountered such a limited and bigoted mindset.

  • A squad's proud legacy

    For several months, it appeared that Hillsville Rescue Squad's legacy would be one of controversy and ill will, after town officials began questioning the need for its continued existence since it had essentially disbanded.
    There were accusations and finger-pointing about funds, personnel issues, inappropriate use of vehicles, the sale of a squad building and equipment. All that negativity threatened to overshadow the good that the volunteer organization had done over the years.